Let me start by congratulating the winners in the past by-elections that were conducted in Vubwi, Kasenengwa, Zambezi West, Solwezi Central and Mkushi South, I say congratulations.
I should however note that competing against a corrupt regime such as the PF, is never an ease job because they freely break the electoral rules with impunity. Rules such as on the use of government resources and civil servant such District Commissioners.
We are also seeing a situation where party officials and ministers can now freely use Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopters for campaigns, a facility which only reserved for the President and his vice.
We fully sympathise with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and other law enforcement agencies such as the police that are doing their work under very difficult circumstances.
I wish to urge all our members and genuine Zambians never to give up on the need for a new constitution that will provide for a more focused leadership in the country that will be truly accountable to the voters.
As UPND, we know that the low voter turn-out in the just ended by-elections can only mean that Zambians are fatigued with perpetual elections since 2011 that the PF have subjected them at the expense of development and lowering the cost of leaving such as reduction in mealie meal prices.
In fact as UPND, we are asking the PF to immediately give the Zambians a new constitution and call for a general election so that a more responsible and representative government can come into office and deliver economic emancipation for our people.
I thank you.